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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Jan 30, 2013 8:37am
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I think this is good? I don't mean to pry, but why is your electricity on a timetable?

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 30, 2013 11:00am
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the gerbil needs a break...

Electricity in India is a hit and miss proposition. Makes you think twice before getting on an elevator. One time I stepped into an elevator just as the door was closing a bee-like creature the size of my thumb entered - big black and yellow stripes. Sure enough the elevator comes to a stop as the electricity just up and split. Now I'm in a 4X4 elevator in the pitch black with this prehistoric sized bee rumbling around, bouncing off my head...thud ZZZZZ thud ZZZZZ I'm not moving a muscle hoping the thing will just leave me alone...after the door opened I fled and chose to walk the 14 floors from then on.

Nice views from the top of the building though. My wife and I "own" a flat on the 14th floor. My end of the world plan is a life of spartan austerity at the Ashram.



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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Jan 30, 2013 11:46am
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thanks for the pix! made my day at work...

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 30, 2013 12:01pm
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one more

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Jan 30, 2013 2:22pm
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ahhh

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 30, 2013 6:28pm
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You have a place in Kerala? Seriously? Smart guy! We've been saying things all month like, "next winter, Goa. Definitely." Or Kerala. It's supposed to be really nice there. I'd love to see Kerala. And obviously the electricity issues wouldn't throw me :-)

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 31, 2013 9:36am
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"owning" is a stretch. We paid for and have used our flat 3 times so far- but really it belongs to the Guru of the Ashram, we just get the privledge of using it. The room gets used as college housing when we're not using it. It has been 5 years since I've made the pilgrimage.

In December Kerala is pretty popular with the German tourists, 95 degrees outside with 95 degree Ocean water to swim in. In September its not crowded at all as the monsoon, while over, has the ocean in a mean mood. Huge waves crashing all the way up the rocks. In December the waves crash about 100 meters away from the rocks so you can swim...as much as one can swim in 95 degree water.

Kovalam is a European tourist destination near the Trivandrum airport. Lots of hotels and resorts. Lighthouse beach is the best. If you have insider experience you can find more secluded spots or aryuvedic spas or what not.

Or if you are on the cheap and don't mind spartan college dorm living you can stay at the Amritapuri Ashram for not much money. You get live music every evening as part of your dorm fee. The first two pix I posted are from there, the last one is from Kovalam. The Ashram is literally right on the Indian Ocean with the jungle backwaters right behind it. Some folks I work with here in the USA went there as a vacation, took the backwaters boat tour and loved it. Wild elephants in the mountains above.

I go to see Mata Amritanandamayi. She picked up where the GD left off. Literally the day Jerry Died she popped up in my life.

"hoping love would not forsake
the days that lie between lie between"

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 30, 2013 7:33pm
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Because I live in a country that theoretically has the 2nd highest hydropower capacity in the world, after Brazil, but also may well have the 1st worst politicians and bureaucrats in the world. Although I'm sure it's a multi-way tie with many countries.

So it's never 24-hour electricity, and the power authority has planned rolling blackouts called loadshedding, which are on a schedule. It's worst in the winter, when the monsoon water is finished and the glacial snowmelt hasn't begun. So rather than a mere four hours of no electricity a day, we get ... well, what are we up to now?

Here's the timetable. We're in Group 4, where loadshedding is scheduled today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then after 8 p.m. So I guess we have 12 hours of power a day.

http://www.yalamandu.com/p/graphical-load-shedding-history.html

It's not really so bad for us, because we have an inverter that powers basic stuff, like the internet and one CFL light per room, and actually we can watch Game of Thrones on the video player if we turn off every single light in the house and knock on wood. (And I do have Bose speakers that plug into an inverter-connected outlet. The "simple life" only extends so far!) So we're way better off than most people. Also we really like candlelight :-)



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2013-01-31 03:33:31